Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

When this type of fall occurs, a person loses traction between his or her foot and the walking surface because of something like a spilled liquid, slippery conditions, or loose rugs.

Trip and Fall Accidents

When an accident of this nature occurs, it often is the result of an object left in a walkway that causes a person to trip over it and fall.

Stump and Fall Accidents

When this type of fall happens, it generally is caused by a surface or walkway obstruction.

Step and Fall Accidents

When this kind of accident occurs, it happens after a person loses his or her balance after stepping into a hidden hole or onto a defective surface.

Elderly Falling Accidents

Slip-and-fall injuries can be particularly harmful to older adults. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Falls are also a common hazard in nursing homes, where between half and three-quarters of residents fall each year – twice as often as older adults living at home.

Falls at Work

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries making up 37% of all accidents and resulting in approximately 50 deaths a year.

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